Antigua and Barbuda Risk Report
Security travel advice for Antigua and Barbuda
Threat level: Low-Medium
The current travel safety advice for Antigua and Barbuda is to be aware of the global security risk of terrorism at prominent tourist destinations, although the risk is low it is recommended to be cautious. Petty crime and other serious crimes do occur, however by following good security measures your visit should be trouble free.
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Recent Security Risk Events
There is a low threat of terrorism in the country but be mindful that hotspots for tourism in the Caribbean are soft targets for future attacks, with many American travellers visiting this destination, it may be a desirable target. Please report anything suspicious to the authorities and remain vigilant throughout your stay.
As with all popular travel destinations there is always an underlying risk of petty crime and theft from busy areas or where tourist dwell. This may be more prominent during festival season. Please take sensible security precautions during your stay such as securing your belongings and not carrying large amounts of cash on your persons. Carrying out such measures will assist in making sure your stay is trouble free.
There are incidents as with many countries of crimes such as murder, rape, burglary, armed robbery and lesser crimes. High net worth clients may be a desirable target for theft so please take sensible precautions to secure your belongings especially on yachts.
Please be respectful of local laws and customs as certain homosexual acts are illegal and it is an offence for anyone other than the country’s military to wear camouflage attire or carry camouflaged items.
Assaults can occur against tourists so please avoid isolated areas, or unpatrolled beaches after dark to limit the risk, it may be advisable to check with local authorities which beaches are safest to visit.
Antigua and Barbuda is an attractive business region due to the tax laws and attracts many investors especially within the gambling market. Although there have been previous accusations of money laundering within the region it has been found to be operating within international laws and regulations.
Antigua and Barbuda hold many positive dealings throughout the world and have worked to develop diplomatic relationships since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. It has a strong relationship with the United States of America with many agreements in place both diplomatic and military, with 28% of its visitors coming from the USA. Its relations have been strained with regards to World Trade Organisation ruling over gambling in 2005, however positive associations still remain.
This region is one of a tropical climate and as such has an active hurricane season which runs from June to November, please note during this time in times of severe weather infrastructure and services may be affected. There is also a risk of tremors and possible earthquakes.
Please be careful of natural marine life such as jelly fish which can be quite prominent on the beaches and waters.
In order to drive on the islands, you must obtain an Antigua and Barbudan driving permit which can be collected at most police and car rental agencies.
Official languages: English
Other languages: Antiguan and Barbudan
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
Time now in St. John's:
British and United States of America Passport holders do not need a travel visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda for visits no longer than six months. Please see further advice for Visa Information for Antigua and Barbuda.
It is advised that visitors to Antigua and Barbuda are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. You should ensure that you have been further vaccinated against diseases such as Tetanus, which is usually administered when you are a young baby. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
Both Chikungunya fever and Dengue fever are present in the country and are transmitted through infected mosquitoes. You should take precautionary measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes such as covering up with clothing, using bug repellent spray and mosquito bed nets during the night.
Schistosomiasis (parasitic infection also known as bilharzia) is a low risk, so contact with fresh water including activities such as swimming, bathing or paddling in fresh water lakes and streams could put you at risk.
There are no Embassies in Antigua and Barbuda. The nearest point of contact for both U.S. and British citizens is in Barbados.
U.S. Embassy Barbados
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Telephone: +1 246 227 4000
British High Commission Bridgetown
Lower Collymore Rock
PO Box 676
Telephone: +1 246 430 7800
Other useful info
Police, Fire, Ambulance emergency: 999 and 911
Coastguard emergency: 462 0671 radio:CH16
ABSAR medical/rescue at sea: 562 1234 radio:CH16